Saturday, June 9, 2012
This is coolbert:
Thanks to National Public Radio [NPR] we have this broadcast from yesterday. The American military seeking energy self-reliance, plans for same opposed by those in Congress. Listen the broadcast yourself or read the transcript.
"U.S. Military's Green Energy Criticized By Congress"
"The White House and military brass are calling for the development of alternative energy. One goal is cutting dependence on foreign sources. Another is reducing the carbon footprint of the largest fossil fuel consumer in the world."
The American Department of Defense [DoD] the LARGEST CONSUMER OF FOSSIL FUEL IN THE WORLD. Primarily I would think oil.
An American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, for instance, expends on just one six month deployment about 1 million gallons of aviation gasoline [AVGAS], A PORTION [what percentage that is I am not sure] OF WHICH IS MERELY DUMPED OVERBOARD IN THE OCEAN!!
That desire NOT to be dependent on foreign sources for oil I would think a major consideration for the various DoD "green" projects.
Programs already in the works and have been for some time for bio-fuels, half bio-half diesel, etc. Coal to oil, refined and processed synthetic fuel for vehicles and obtained from domestic sources. Processes the output and product thereof pretty well understood and perfected, but NOT ON A LARGE SCALE AT THIS POINT IN TIME!! R&D continuing unabated and production being ramped up even as we speak?
As did the German during the Second World War so is the U.S. military today! Energy self-sufficiency or perhaps better understood as less reliance on foreign sources!!
The U.S. Senate as led by Senator Mc Cain NOT in favor of such projects and programs to develop alternative sources of energy [bio-fuels] for the military as BEING TOO EXPENSIVE [and such projects and the fuel derived from same ARE expensive!!].
Altruism considerations aside, the U.S. military is trying to put the cart before the horse? It has been predicted that by the year 2030 America will be TOTALLY SELF-SUFFICIENT IN ENERGY. As the situation was in 1939 will also be the case in 2030. The U.S. actually able to export energy as does an OPEC nation today?